My ultimate dream came true on May 10, 2012. It was my first day without a day job! Finally, I could focus on my children and the winery! No more 100-mile round-trip commutes and only one cell phone for emails and calls instead of two! Roseville offered 9.5 years of memories, friendships and professional experiences, but there's nothing more fabulous than the feeling of a personal accomplishment!
Opening Buffalo Rock Winery in 2010 was truly "living the dream" for me. With a passion for wine and an even greater desire to spend more time with my children, owning a winery on my property was a perfect fit. I'm frequently asked what was the motivation behind starting a winery? Facetiously, I'd respond with, "insanity." After all, who starts up a business when she already has a great job outside of the home, albeit over forty miles away, and also has two kids under two years of age? The answer? Me! However, the real response for my motivation IS my kids. The next best thing to being a full-time mom is to work "from home" in order to spend more time with my family! So, during the summer of 2009, while looking ahead to my first grape harvest and on maternity leave with a colic baby, I knew I had to make my dream a reality. And I knew I had to do it then or I'd miss too many precious moments in my childrens' young lives if I continued to keep the winery idea on the back burner and didn't start the gears in motion for my new venture! That was when I went from a home vintner to establishing a commercial winery, Buffalo Rock Winery (Dietman Vineyard & Winery, LLC).